Tokyo Ueno Station

Tokyo Ueno Station

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 04/03/2019
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Tokyo Ueno Station
Totally unique and subtly affecting
At first the book's lack of chapters and willingness to jump time period mid-narration can be disconcerting but given a few pages to immerse yourself in th... READ MORE
Ben Buxton Smith
Tokyo Ueno Station
A missed opportunity.
Sad and thought provoking yet somewhat plagued by a poor structure and rambling nature. There is a powerful story to be told here but I felt it was somewh... READ MORE
Colin Barker
Tokyo Ueno Station
Powerful portrayal of life on the margins of Japanese society.
Ueno Park is one of Tokyo’s cultural hubs, home to several museums and its zoo. It’s also the setting for this haunting short novel. The narrator Kazu is a... READ MORE
Simon At Newcastle
Tokyo Ueno Station
Quietly deep novel of a man who sacrifices almost everything
Kazu is a Fukushima native with unusual parallels to the Japanese Imperial Family: he is born in the same year as the Emperor in 1933, and his son is born ... READ MORE
Laura McGloughlin
Tokyo Ueno Station
A haunting mind-scape
Yu Miri’s book will sweep you into a steady yet exhilarating journey through the psycho-geography of modern Japan. Through the eyes of a disquiet spirit, t... READ MORE
Phuong Anh (Ann)


Kazu is dead. Born in Fukushima in 1933, the same year as the Emperor, his life is tied by a series of coincidences to the Imperial family and has been shaped at every turn by modern Japanese history. But his life story is also marked by bad luck, and now, in death, he is unable to rest easily, haunting the park near Ueno Station. It is here that Kazu’s life in Tokyo began and ended, having arrived there to work a labourer in the run up to the 1964 Tokyo Olympics before ending his days living in the vast homeless ‘villages’ in the park, traumatised by the destruction of the 2011 tsunami and enraged by the announcement of the 2020 Olympics. As a work of post-tsunami literature and a protest against the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, this novel is of utmost importance, a powerful rebuke to the Imperial system and a sensitive depiction of the lives of Japan’s most vulnerable people.

  • Publisher: Tilted Axis Press
  • ISBN: 9781911284161
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm

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Tokyo Ueno Station
Important and Skillfully Blended
This is an absolute literary gem. Originally written in Japanese this book was translated by Morgan Giles and he does a stellar job at it. Set in, you gues... READ MORE
Tokyo Ueno Station
‘’We all have an enormity of time, too big for one person to deal with, and we live, and we die.’’
‘’I used to think life was like a book: you turn the first page, and there’s the next, and as you go on turning page after page eventually you reach the la... READ MORE
Amalia Gkavea
Tokyo Ueno Station
This book was depressingly sad. That is my summary of Tokyo Ueno Station. It doesn't have a plot and one thing happens after another one.